What is a decent (brand new) Mac for home use?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kylera, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. kylera macrumors 65816

    kylera

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    My iMac is starting to show issues, and in case it can't be salvaged, I'd like to seek advice for a new home Mac.

    I use the term "home Mac" since I have a Surface Pro for most of my work and school needs, so the Mac won't be for a lot of needs. Here is a list of things I on my Mac and the apps I use, off the top of my head:
    • Manually sync my music and backup my iOS devices (iTunes)
    • Manage and play my music library (iTunes)
    • Keep a journal (Day One)
    • Keep a home inventory (Tap Forms)
    • Maintain a digital library of annotated articles (Ulysses)
    • Emulation of retro consoles (OpenEmu)
    • Manage photos (Photos)
    My budget is USD1500. This budget also includes an external FHD monitor if I end up getting a Mac Mini equipped with a fusion drive. However, I'm open to other suggestions. I also would like to request suggestions for brand new devices if possible because I would rather keep using supported devices for as long as possible.
     
  2. Appleaker macrumors 68000

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    iMacs are about to get refreshed this fall so you may want to see if you can get a 21.5" as there will be more 4K models and better graphics. Therefore I would recommend an iMac unless the Mac minis get a surprise update this year, as the current ones are outdated.
    If you need to get one before September/October then the current 1080p iMacs are also good along with the Mac minis, which to be honest should be fine with your usage.
     
  3. kohlson macrumors 6502a

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    Performance issues in a 5-year old iMac could be related to disk and/or memory. Without knowing the specifics, consider an SSD replacement. That said, it looks like you want lots of space, so an HDD and more memory may be more affordable. Other options - refurb'd iMac 27 or a mini with fusion. The mini and a Full HD monitor should come in under budget.
     
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Any modern computer should do that work case fine, buy what you like, as mentioned above though you possibly just need a new hard drivers an ssd's will make it better than new.
     
  5. crzdcolombian macrumors 6502a

    crzdcolombian

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    My parents 2013 iMac was having the same issue I bought them a cheap 30 buck SSD external HD for boot up purpose and it's super fast now. Don't know if dropping 1500 for just surfing the web at home is a great investment if you don't really use your computer. Any way to just connect your surface to a bigger screen and a large external HD when you get home?

    I usually upgrade all my electronics every 3 years because I can still get at least half of what I paid for it at that point. I was going to do that with my dad's iMac but the SSD really fixed the issue.
     

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